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Burak Bekdil is an Ankara-based columnist. He regularly writes for the Gatestone Institute and Defense News, and is a fellow at the Middle East Forum.

ARTICLES BY: Burak Bekdil


March 25, 2020 8:04 am
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Turkey and Coronavirus: Conspiracy Theories and Religious Fantasy

Turkey’s fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) is generally accepted to be rational, well-timed, not too badly planned, and fairly effective. At a time when the German case...

March 11, 2020 7:06 am
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Islamist Parties in Turkey: A Perpetual Matryoshka

The principal ideologue and leader of Islamism in Turkey was Necmettin Erbakan (1926-2011), none of whose various political parties managed to win enough of a...

February 9, 2020 5:41 am
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Turkey and Israel: Can Pragmatism Defeat ‘Bad Blood’?

For the first time in several years, the word “Israel” is not automatically accompanied in Turkey by bold pejoratives like “baby killer” or “terrorist state.”...

January 9, 2020 9:37 am
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The Soleimani Affair Reveals Turkey’s Directionless Regional Policy

The Turkish Foreign Ministry, which is usually quick to weigh in on matters of world affairs, was silent for hours after news broke of the...

December 9, 2019 6:56 am
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With Friends Like Turkey’s Erdogan, Trump’s America Won’t Need Enemies

With the rise of Islamic State (ISIS) in large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014, Turkey became known as a “jihadist highway” that transported...

November 21, 2019 12:13 pm
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Washington and Ankara: Sweet Words, But Differences Remain

“Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool. I will call you later,” Donald Trump ended his undiplomatic letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip...

October 29, 2019 6:44 am
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The West Tolerates Turkey Mainly Out of Fear

Turkey’s value for the West is not about the good it can offer, but the evil it might choose not to spread. In recent years,...

October 24, 2019 7:18 am
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Turkey’s Pyrrhic Victory in Syria

Turkey’s military incursion into northeastern Syria had an ostensibly happy ending on its seventh day, with all state and non-state actors in the Syrian theater...

October 3, 2019 6:42 am
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The Invincible Sultan: Is Erdogan Losing His Populist Charm?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan behaves like a cornered cat when it comes to regional politics: he acts savagely and erratically, lashing out at both...

January 24, 2019 9:05 am
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On Missile Deal, Turkey’s True Ally Is Russia, Not America

The Trump administration has offered to sell $3.5 billion worth of Patriot missiles to Turkey, apparently in an effort to stop Ankara from going ahead...

December 13, 2018 8:49 am
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Erdogan’s Self Interest Always Comes Before His Values

Is Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a devout ideologue or a pragmatist? The answer is both. Perhaps a more relevant question is: When is he...

October 11, 2018 9:58 am
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Turkey’s Syrian Quagmire

At first glance, the plan looked viable: using the “Arab Spring” as a legitimate pretext, Turkey would convince Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign; the...

September 4, 2018 11:50 am
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The US-Turkey Diplomatic Crisis

The current Turkish-American diplomatic crisis is fundamentally different from other such crises in 1964 or 1975. Turkish public sentiment in the 1960s and 1970s was...

July 31, 2018 5:37 pm
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Turkey: New System, Same One-Man Show

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, undoubtedly the most popular and divisive leader in modern Turkish history, has already ruled the country longer than Atatürk, the founder...

Culture

‘Hamilton’ Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Flaunts His Hebrew on Twitter

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton," showed...

400,000 People Worldwide Tune in for Livestreamed Concert by Idan Raichel

JNS.org - More than 400,000 people from around the world tuned in to...

Netflix to Reduce Traffic in Israel by 25 Percent to Help ISPs

Netflix said on Monday it would reduce network traffic in Israel over the next month following a government request to...

World

Pompeo Tweets Video of Iran’s Rouhani Saying Efforts to Lift Sanction...

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo posted a video over the weekend showing Iranian President Hassan Rouhani saying that the...

Israel

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Praises Israeli-Pa...

The United Nations point man on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process praised coordination between the Jewish state and the Palestinian Authority...

Middle East

Iran’s Coronavirus Death Toll Reaches 2,640

Iran's coronavirus death toll has risen to 2,640, a health ministry official said on Sunday, as the Middle East's worst-hit country grapples with the fast-spreading outbreak. "In the past 24 hours...

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